BEN SIWAK

 
 

Hello,

My name is Ben Siwak. In honor of my bar mitzvah, I chose to do a mitzvah project.  “Mitzvah” means “good deed” in Hebrew.  Two of my favorite things are sports and Israel.  I have always felt badly for children with disabilities that can’t play sports like I can.  So, for my mitzvah project, I chose to help the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, which combines all of these that are important to me.

When I was in Israel this summer, I went to the ISCD to see how they help children with disabilities play sports.  I even played wheelchair basketball and ping-pong with some kids there.  I also watched some kids play tennis and swim.  It is a really cool place!  The kids that I played with love sports just like I do, so it made me feel good to help them. 

The director of the program told me that they need more sports wheelchairs, but they are very expensive.  They cost $2500 each.  I want to help the ISCD get more so that more kids with disabilities can enjoy playing sports.  My goal is to raise $10,000 to pay for four new sports wheelchairs.  I hope that my family and friends can help me reach my goal. I am donating some of my bar mitzvah money to help too. 

Thank you for supporting my mitzvah project!

Ben Siwak

 

LEA BASSALI

 
 

Hello,

My name is Lea Bassali. I will be turning twelve this October. I go to Yeshiva Har Torah, and I love playing sports with my friends especially basketball. I was on the JV team this past year. ISCD visited my school last year and I felt an immediate connection to the children with disabilities who came to visit. I felt that everyone should be able to play sports no matter what, even if they have disabilities. So, I was happy to see that they had a special sports center to do that. 

When I was considering a chessed project to do for my Bat Mitzvah, all I could think about was the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, and I decided that I would raise money for the Center. I plan to do bake sales, lemonade stands and donate the money to the ISCD. I hope to help support the people with disabilities that use the center to be able to do sports just like me. Maybe I can even raise enough money to donate a special sports wheelchair ($2500) or more, I hope my family and friends can help me collect money for this great place.

Thank you,
Lea Bassali

 

EVAN KLEIN

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Hello,

My name is Evan Klein, and I will be celebrating my Bar Mitzvah on May 26, 2017, in Jerusalem. For my Mitzvah project, I would like to raise money for the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. Ever since I can remember, sports have been an integral part of my life. I have been a competitive swimmer since the age of 7, and I also enjoy track, cross country and downhill skiing. I watched the video on the website of an 11 year old boy named Max, and I immediately felt a connection to him. He explained that all of the young athletes at the Center, are encouraged to swim every day because it helps with their development. I feel passionately that all children should have access to the same opportunities that I have been so lucky to have. This is why I am so excited about being able to help these athletes in any way that I can. Please help me by supporting this amazing organization.

Thank You,
Evan Klein

 

MAYA GRIBETZ

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Dear Family and Friends Who Are Just Like Family,

As many of you might already know, I'm considered the "sporty" one in my family. Even though I look fancy in this picture, I'm typically in a pair of sweats, ready for a game of...whatever! I especially love basketball. I love the sport itself, of course, but I also love the pride I feel in being part of a team working together and cheering one another on. I realize that not everyone is so lucky. I was introduced to the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled when they came to visit my school earlier this year, and I was blown away when I learned what the disabled athletes there have been able to accomplish with the Center's support.The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled is one of the world pioneers in the field of sports rehabilitation. It specializes in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children and youth. This June, I will, g-d willing, become a Bat Mitzvah. In preparation for this huge milestone, I went on a trip to Israel, and was fortunate to have been able to visit and tour the Center, along with some of my friends. We got to meet Boaz and Caroline, both tremendously accomplished athletes. Boaz actually won a silver medal in wheelchair tennis at the Beijing Para Olympics, and Caroline has won medals playing table tennis. Boaz spoke from his heart about the desire and the need for all individuals to achieve excellence in their own ways. I totally get that! With a disability, however, achieving that level of pride and success might be more difficult. But at the Center, the talented and patient staff focuses on the abilities of each athlete, and not the disabilities. While we were there, we got a taste of what it's like to play wheelchair basketball. Let me tell you, it's TOUGH. Only one of us was able to make a basket, only once, and I'll let you in on a little secret - it wasn't me! That's OK - I'll keep practicing. In fact, I'd like to invite you all to give it a try yourselves! In honor of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah, and in order to raise awareness and, most importantly, funding for this incredible organization, my family and I will be hosting a special Basketball Exhibition and Experience at Torah Academy of Bergen County Gym (TABC) in Teaneck, NJ on May 17th. I hope you're able to join us, but even if you can't make it, please consider donating to The ISCD. Israel's government covers only 1% of the Center's budget. That leaves the other 99% to us!

Thanks so much,
Maya Gribetz

 

QUENTIN ALTERMAN, JUSTIN KORNBLUM, & COOPER ROSEN

 
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Hello.  Our names are Quentin, Justin and Cooper.  We are all having our Bar Mitzvah at different times over the next year.   For our Mitzvah project we all felt passionate about supporting the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled.   Our goal is to help people with disabilities achieve their dreams.  We all play different sports, but basketball is our favorite.  We want to raise $10,000 so we can donate 3-4 basketball wheelchairs to the Sports Center and to people who can’t afford them.  Everybody, no matter what their disability is, should be able to play sports and live their life just like us.  A couple of months ago, we had the opportunity to meet 2 kids who play sports at the Sports Center.  We even got to play ping pong with one of them.   They told us how important the Sports Center has been for them and how much they love to play sports. This means a lot to all of us, so we hope you can donate and support our Mitzvah project.

 

MADY ZIRLIN

Hi! My name is Mady Zirlin and I am having my bat mitzvah this February. Selecting my mitzvah project was not easy, as I have learned of so many worthy organizations that require much support and attention. I was thankful to be introduced to the ISCD, Israeli Sports Center for the Disabled, this summer and was immediately drawn to the value it brings to so many boys and girls. I decided to support the Israeli Sports Center for the Disabled as my mitzvah project. The ISCD helps children with physical difficulties learn to see that they can push through their setbacks, no matter how devastating. I am a gymnast, and I chose this charity because I love to play sports. I recognize how fortunate I am to be able to train for the sport I love, gymnastics, almost everyday. However, there are some kids who may not be as lucky as I am to do all of the sports that they love. There are sports at the ISCD that disabled youth can participate in and have fun. I was able to meet Asael from the center. He explained to me how much the ISCD helped him to recover after a traumatic injury. He now plays basketball in a wheelchair. As a gymnast, I can’t even imagine what it is like for Asael and many others to get through even one practice let alone everyday life. I really admire the ISCD for helping kids still play sports even through their personal difficulties. Please recognize the truly uplifting work of this center, by donating to my mitzvah project. 

 

MATTHEW FAHN

Hello my name is Matthew Fahn. I am having my Bar Mitzvah November 19, 2016. For my Mitzvah project I am raising money for the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. The ISCD is an organization that rehabilitates the physically disabled through wheelchair sports. The ISCD works with all ethnicities and faiths.  I was personally touched by a video that was sent to me by Asael Shabbo. When he was 9 years old, terrorists broke into his house and killed 3 of his siblings and shot him as well. He was in the hospital for 18 months and lost his right leg. The ISCD worked with him and now he is a wheelchair basketball champion. You can click this link to watch his video he sent to me.

My goal is to raise enough money for 10 wheelchairs. Each wheelchair costs $2500. My grandparents, Mike and Nancy SItrick, in addition to their donation, said if I reach half my goal they will donate another wheelchair. Thank you in advance for helping me reach my goal.

Sincerely,

Matthew

DYLAN SOLOWIEJCZYK

Dear Family and Friends,

This January I will become a Bar Mitzvah. To celebrate this very special milestone, I chose to support the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled as my chessed project. I selected this charity, over many others, because I love to play sports and I realize not everyone is as lucky as me to be able to do all the things they love. I decided I wanted to help people who have disabilities but still want to play sports and that is exactly what the ISCD is all about. What I really admire is how ISCD focuses not just on physical rehabilitation but psychological rehabilitation as well. They encourage kids to push themselves to their limits and have fun while doing it. The ISCD not only teaches them how to play but trains them - physically and mentally - to become great athletes and succeed in life despite their disabilities.

Please help me support this amazing organization. I hope in some small way to make a difference in the lives of as many children as possible.

 

CHARITY WIFFLEBALL

This tournament was originally brought into existence by Max Schwarz as his 7th grade bar mitzvah project. The event has been passed down each year to another person with the idea that a small event like this could raise money for local and international charities in need. This year, our goal is to raise ($7,500) and all the net proceeds will go towards either MORIAH or the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. We are looking to fill each age division and reaching our goal via registrations, raffle and sponsorship. Sign-up now, don't miss out on the fun! 

 

KYLIE & MORGAN GREENWALD

Hello! Our names are Kylie and Morgan Greenwald. We are having our bat mitzvahs in Israel this summer and will also be visiting the Israeli Sports Center for the Disabled. For our bat mitzvah project, we decided to raise money for this center. It is devoted to mending the bodies and minds of children who suffer from physical setbacks. Life may seem hopeless for children with major injuries because they are “different” and unable to participate in activities with their peers. This center supports disabled youth to take part in sports, which results in physical and mental healing. This center provides children with the “hope and courage they need and deserve,” which leads them to understand that they can live normal lives. Morgan had the pleasure of meeting two members from the center; Caroline and Max. Both have to play sports in wheelchairs, but this does not discourage them. Caroline plays ping pong and Max plays tennis.

We both play club soccer, and cannot even begin to imagine the struggles that youth like Caroline and Max face when playing sports. The thought of having to play our soccer tournaments in wheelchairs is incomprehensible. We admire the children who persevere through their personal physical difficulties. Please acknowledge the truly inspiring work of this center by donating to our mitzvah project.

 

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What is a "Mitzvah Project"?

Becoming a bar / bat mitzvah is an important milestone in every child's life. The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled's Bar Mitzvah dedication opportunity gives you an opportunity to mark this simcha in a meaningful way. This way, bar / bat mitzvah youth can have a significant and personal experience of giving while at the same time undertaking their new social responsibilities. Over 25 children have already shared their bar / bat mitzvahs with disabled children of the ISCD. You - or your child - can participate in this program too and make a difference!

If you are interested in participating in the Mitzvah Project, please fill out the form below or email jenniferflink@afiscd.org